Monday, October 1st, 2007

Ext 2.0 Alpha Release

Category: Announcements, JavaScript, Library, Sencha

The Ext team has announced the first public release of Ext 2.0. As our very own, Rey Bango, said:

This new version of the Ext framework introduces a host of new features, a new document center, expanded & better organized samples and bug fixes. Another important aspect to note is that there has not been a significant library size increase in this new version.

A great way to see all that is available is to use the new interactive documentation center, now with fading. You should also play with the Portal example.

As always, the look and feel of the Ext components are great!

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:25 am

4.7 rating from 93 votes


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wow… this is gonna come out earlier than expected.

I’m using 1.1.1 extensively now, can’t wait for 2.0.

Comment by Stuart Allen — October 1, 2007

already??? that’s quick! cant wait to use it!

Comment by Grimsk — October 1, 2007

going to test the new code right away. Once 2.0 is officially released, we are going to revamp our entire interface and use the new grids, portlet and everything it has to offer. can’t wait.

Comment by Liming — October 1, 2007

Seriously — how the hell does the Ext team make everything so pretty? Years of design experience? Teams of dedicated artists? Faustian deal with the devil?

Comment by mdm-adph — October 1, 2007

Definitely the Devil’s deal judging from the unholy red light we see & feel when we chat with the Ext Developer Team… :D

Comment by Bernard Chhun — October 1, 2007

Congrats Ext team. Can’t wait to replace by kludge portal implementation with the 2.0 base

Comment by Kumar Pandey — October 1, 2007

I keep looking at having a play with EXT however it looks to me like it is incredibly bloated. Is this true and if so as a result is it tediously slow?

Comment by Alex — October 1, 2007

Amazing. Great job jack and the EXT team!!!

Comment by Jay Garcia — October 1, 2007

Like any Js Library you should use Ext Gziped and you will have a performance boost.

Comment by Rodrigo — October 1, 2007

I wish there was a similar project for Moo – as it is sorely in need of a standard, well-written widget library..

Comment by Karl M — October 1, 2007

Also, the Extjs library can be built to only include the functionality/widgets you choose to use. I’ve seen a large performance boost from moving from Ext 1.1.1 to Ext 2.0 alpha… and it may be a little more bloated then other libraries, but for people like me who is the only software developer, web page developer and internal application support person for my small company, anything that cuts out nearly 90% of my work and still delivers the quality that Ext has been, is worth it, even at the expense of a little load time. It’s like the gateway AJAX drug :) for any of us who are still fairly new to AJAX in general

Comment by 0xception — October 1, 2007

Ext 2.0 looks fantastic. Is there any way to get the Ext 2.0 grid to render faster? It takes 5 seconds to render a 20 rows grid over the web, or 3 seconds when served up from a local server. Using compressed sources.

Comment by Albert — October 1, 2007

This version 2.0 is a very great job where all is simplier : performance, size and code reduction.
Samples and the new documentation interface are big information sources.
I’m currently refactoring my own apps (a universal Http Explorer based on Virtual File System) using this new alpha version.
Any part of code must be completely rewritten but the gain is really amazing (cleaner and more readable, so better maintenance)
The length of the code to design the layout for example was reduced by 3.
A must have !!!

Comment by LudoO — October 1, 2007

Hallelujah !

Comment by PHPeter — October 1, 2007

@Karl For now you can use the Ext adapter but who knows, *wink* *wink*, maybe for 1.3.0?

P.S., Congratulations on the 2.0, Ext.

Comment by Olmo Maldonado — October 1, 2007

Yeah this is kinda good framework. It’s abstract, well considered, looks nice, and works in IE 6 and Opera.
The best I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t take away developers creativity.

Comment by Andi — October 2, 2007

I appreciate the fact that the code is documented using the scriptdoc format.

Comment by Les — October 2, 2007

@Olmo –

Is it compatible with the 2.0 release that is upcoming?

Great job btw! If you need project space.(e.g. hosting) let me know – my team is willing to donate.


Comment by Karl M — October 2, 2007


I’m not sure actually. I haven’t played with Ext + MooTools. You’ll have to ask around :\.

Comment by Olmo Maldonado — October 2, 2007

The EXT library is full-featured but not bloated in my experience. Dependencies are sensible and allows for including the parts you need.

Looking forward to playing with the Portal stuff although wish it was available 12 months ago when we built our Dashboard product :)

Comment by wioota — October 3, 2007

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